Familial cancer research at Peter Mac combines clinical and laboratory-based research to:
- identify new hereditary cancer predisposition genes
- improve the identification of people with hereditary cancer syndromes
- develop new strategies for cancer risk management and personalising cancer treatments.
Familial cancer researchers also investigate the wider psychosocial impact of these syndromes on the well-being of individuals and their families through the work of the Psychosocial Cancer Genetics Research Group.
The Familial Cancer Research Centre is leading on a number of research projects that include:
- Investigating the role that common genetic variations (of the type we all have) play in inherited breast and ovarian cancer risk.
- Building a partnership between Australian Familial Cancer Centres (FCCs) to transform their clinical practice into a research resource
- Studying prostate cancer screening in men with inherited BRCA and mismatch repair (MMR) gene mutations